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SBDC Opens At Carnegie; Provides Stockton With Vital Link To Region’s Economic Center
“This is truly an historic day for the Center and for the businesses that we represent,” said energetic Joseph Molineaux, Director of the Small Business Center. “We are at the epicenter of the region’s economy, in the heart of the casino district, and to have this wonderful partnership with Stockton provides resources the small businessperson will find invaluable.”
The Center, which helps entrepreneurs write business plans, locate funding sources or do whatever is necessary to succeed, is one of 11 regional centers across New Jersey.
Clients of the Center backed up Molineau’s words. Mike McMenamin, who is retirng from the Atlantic City Police Department to open a convenience store with an Auntie Anne’s Pretzel franchise at The Walk –Atlantic City’s trendy new shopping district, said he was an inexperienced businessman.
“I came to Joe with an idea and a work ethic, but I really didn’t know anything about baking pretzels,” he said. “The thing that impressed me about Joe was he took the time to listen and he followed through with the practical advice on our business plan. I’m not sure we could have made it work without him.”
Another happy client was Lisa Rossi, a former employee of Flying Carp gift shop in Ocean City who learned how to secure financing to purchase the business when her ex-boss decided to retire.
“Personally, I didn’t know where to begin, and Joe sorted everything out, from putting the business plan together to dealing with the bank. Sometimes I still can’t believe I did it!”
Following the opening ceremonies, which included a ribbon-cutting, there was a walking tour of downtown Atlantic City, including some of the successful businesses which have caught on in recent years along Atlantic Avenue.
Faculty Band Rocks The Boardwalk
“Appealing as the series may have been, the grand finale took place on Friday July 21, when our own Faculty Band performed,” President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr. said. “What a treat to see the musical side of these talented professors and administrators.”
The band, clad in Hawaiian shirts and straw hats, covered everything from blues, to rock to jazz, and the large crowd, including many from the Stockton community, loved the two-hour set.
The group includes David Pinto on drums and mandolin, Frank Cerreto, Peter Hagen and Rodger Jackson on guitar and vocals, Warren Ogden on Keyboards, Anne Pomeroy on flute and vocals, and the “Pomona Horns” Paul Lyons, Michael McGarvey and David Lechner on saxophone and vocals.
“It was exciting to play together that well,” said Pinto. “And it was exciting to see people get up and dance. This was the largest venue we’ve ever played off campus.”
The Faculty Band has been together since the 80’s but has been performing more seriously in recent years. It has provided entertainment at the last two Spring Benefits, and received some advance publicity on the Atlantic City performance. Plans are in the works for a CD of some of their best tunes.
All proceeds from funds raised by the band go into the Stockton Federation of Teachers Scholarship Fund.
Larry James At World Championships
G. Larry James, Dean of Athletics, Recreation Programming and Services, is currently in Helsinki, Finland, serving as Head Manager for men’s Team USA in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, to be held August 6-14.
“It’s an honor to be selected, and naturally we are hoping the United States makes a strong showing, but it is always difficult in the year immediately following an Olympics,” said James, himself a double medalist at the 1968 Mexico City Games.
A member of the Track and Field Hall of Fame, James won the silver medal in the 400–meter run with a clocking of 43.90, just a shade behind Lee Evans’ world record 43.86. Then he combined with Evans, Vince Matthews and Ron Freeman to shatter the world record in the 400–meter relay and take the gold medal.
Such international experience will be invaluable as he takes on his role as Manager of one of the younger men’s squads to represent the United States at the world championships.
“My role will be one of logistics, making sure our athletes adhere to the various schedules and arrive where they need to be in a timely fashion.” Not unlike some of the detail work he encounters on a daily basis here at Stockton.
“We have done things on an international basis here as well,” James said, referring to training camps and games conducted at the college for four different World Cup contending soccer teams, and a training camp for the women’s USA Olympic basketball squad.
James said he was hopeful the team would perform well in Helsinki and that despite its relative youth, 27 athletes on the team owned a total of 36 Olympic medals between them, including men’s gold medalists Justin Gatlin, Dwight Phillips, Maurice Greene and Jeremy Wariner.
“New” Atlantic City Fares Well In Latest Stockton-Zogby Poll
The “new” Atlantic City--with its expanded and refurbished casino hotels, trendy shops lining The Walk, the redeveloped Ocean One Pier and an expanded choice of entertainment and dining options—has successfully changed the perceptions of New Jersey residents, a Stockton-Zogby poll shows.
One of the most significant findings of the survey is the fact that Atlantic City’s popularity as a tourism destination is directly tied to how familiar residents were with the new changes in the resort. Among those who have visited Atlantic City in the past year, a full 42 percent would choose Atlantic City as their top destination. The number remains strong at 31 percent for those who have visited Atlantic City within the last three years, however among those respondents who had visited the city no more than five years ago only nine to ten percent identified Atlantic City as their top statewide destination.
The Stockton-Zogby International survey of 1,001 New Jersey adults was conducted May 17 through 22 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points. The survey was commissioned by The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey as part of an initiative by the public college to study the state’s tourism and hospitality industry.
The survey finds that three in ten (29 percent) New Jersey adults would prefer visiting Atlantic City versus other New Jersey entertainment venues from a list of popular destinations in the state. So popular is Atlantic City as a destination, in fact, that it leads most demographics in the survey – most notably residents of Southern New Jersey, who, at 36 percent, are more likely than others to choose Atlantic City; and women, who are slightly more favorable (30 percent to 28 percent) to the destination than men.
Dr. David Carr, Stockton College Provost, said the descending percentages of the respondents selecting Atlantic City as their top choice based on how recently they have seen the city may mean more repeat visits in the future and a continuing growth curve for the region.
“One only needs to pick up a newspaper to see the rapidly expanding set of choices for gaming, entertainment and dining, or to see a picture of a crowded beach on a holiday weekend to confirm the obvious: Atlantic City is back in a significant way,” he said. “Overall, this poll result bodes well for the local economy. “
In addition to Atlantic City, Cape May fared very well in the survey. Cape May placed second overall with 22 percent of adults selecting it as their preferred New Jersey entertainment venue. The Meadowlands was a distant third at six percent, and somewhat surprisingly, didn’t do any better among residents in the northern part of the state.
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